Fancy a weekend break, preferably somewhere with fabulous food? We’ve rounded up ten of the UK’s best hotels for a gourmet getaway.
Lucknam Park, Wiltshire
Swap the bustle of the city for a few days of rest, relaxation, and incredible food at this stunning country house hotel. Restaurant Hywel Jones offers an unforgettable fine dining experience with flavour combinations that will surprise and delight. If you’re celebrating, the seasonal tasting menu is guaranteed to impress.
The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath
Situated in Bath’s historic Royal Crescent, this five-star hotel is the perfect place to escape for a few days of luxury. You can unwind in the spa, take a stroll through their beautiful gardens, or head into town for some retail therapy. The Dower House Restaurant holds three AA Rosettes and offers an elegant modern European dining experience overlooking the hotel’s gardens.
Gilpin Hotel, Windermere
Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the Lake District at this country house hotel in Windermere. The family-run hotel has 25 cosy-yet-contemporary rooms, two restaurants, a Champagne bar, a croquet lawn, and some fluffy resident llamas. Guests can enjoy pan-Asian dishes at Gilpin Spice or dine in style at the multi-award-winning HRiSHi, where chef Hrishikesh Desai uses Lake District produce to create modern British dishes with a twist.
Coworth Park, Ascot
Chef Adam Smith is the creative force in the kitchen at Coworth Park. His modern British menu showcases local ingredients – some from the hotel grounds – in dishes like stuffed rabbit saddle with crayfish and Cornish turbot with mussels and lemon verbena. Guests can also enjoy hearty British comfort food in The Barn and afternoon tea in the Drawing Room.
Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire
Discover English country living at its finest at this restored Georgian manor set in 500 acres of picturesque parkland. Whether you fancy horse riding, a relaxing spa treatment, or a countryside walk, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. The hotel’s restaurant, Wild Carrot, serves seasonal British dishes like Dingley Dell pork belly and Dover sole meunière.
Careys Manor, New Forest
If you fancy a weekend away exploring the New Forest, this charming spa hotel is the ideal place to stay. You’ll find English wines and locally sourced ingredients on the menu at Cambium, where chef Alistair Craig gives British classics an international twist. Expect dishes like crab cakes with miso mayo, tandoori spiced spatchcock chicken, and smoked venison haunch with beetroot and blackberries.
The Pig at Bridge Place
Situated just outside Canterbury, the newest addition to The Pig Hotel family is the perfect place to get cosy this autumn. Expect roaring fires, bedrooms decked out in country chic, nooks and snugs for reading, and a kitchen garden to potter in. The menu leans towards Kentish comfort food – game pie, slow-roast ham hock, and the like.
The Club Hotel & Spa, Jersey
Head to St. Helier, Jersey’s seaside capital, for first-class food, bracing beach walks, and lazy spa days at The Club Hotel. In the multi-award-winning restaurant, Bohemia, chef Steve Smith uses the finest local ingredients in his ambitious tasting menus.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
If a rural getaway isn’t your thing, why not splash out on a stay at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge? It’s home to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal where diners can try inventive dishes inspired by British gastronomic history. For something more relaxed, book a table at Bar Boulud – a Franco-American bistro famous for its homemade charcuterie and signature burgers.
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
There are few better places for a gastronomic getaway than this magnificent manor house in the Oxfordshire countryside. Overseen by legendary chef Raymond Blanc, the restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience for guests from all over the world. You can even brush up your own kitchen skills in the on-site cookery school.